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Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Leonard Hoshijo as director of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, which oversees the workforce development, unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and occupational safety and health divisions. Hoshijo had been DLIR’s deputy director since 2015 and acting director since December 2017. He succeeds Linda Chu Takayama, who was appointed interim....
Stacie Kunihisa

Herald Salutes – Kanoelani Elementary School Principal, Stacie Kunihisa

Kanoelani Elementary School principal Stacie Kunihisa was named the 2019 Hawai‘i National Distinguished Principal by the Hawai‘i Elementary School and Middle School Administrators Association at the Hale Koa Hotel on April 28. She will join the National Association of Elementary School Principals and awardees from the other 49 states in Washington, D.C., in October. Just....
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Herald Salutes – Tyler Tokioka

Tyler Tokioka has been appointed chairman of the board for Island Insurance Company, Ltd. Hawai‘i’s largest locally owned property and casualty insurance carrier. He succeeds Colbert Matsumoto, who will continue to serve as a board member. Tokioka, whose grandfather, Masayuki Tokioka, founded the company in 1939, has been with Island Insurance since 1999. He has....
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Herald Salutes – Troy Hashimoto

Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to the Maui House seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joe Souki. Hashimoto’s appointment was effective immediately. Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011. He was also chair of Maui County’s Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017. “Troy will bring energy....
Kuakini president and CEO Gary Kajiwara, seated between Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito, holds his imperial decoration certificate. Kajiwara was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. (Photos courtesy Kuakini Health Systems)

Herald Salutes – Kuakini Health System President and CEO, Gary K. Kajiwara

Kuakini Health System president and CEO Gary K. Kajiwara was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito on Feb. 1 at the Japanese Consulate. Kajiwara was recognized for his contributions to strengthening and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States in the....

HERALD SALUTES – JILL TOKUDA

State Sen. Jill Tokuda was presented a 2014 “Champions for Charters” award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at the U.S. Capitol during National Charter School Week (May 4-10). Tokuda was one...

Sanford Saito

Sanford Saito has been appointed deputy commissioner and captive insurance administrator for the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Insurance Division. Saito had been serving in the position in an acting capacity. “Sanford is...

Ford Fuchigami

Ford Fuchigami has been appointed interim director of the state Department of Transportation by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. His nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. Fuchigami had been a DOT deputy director since 2010, overseeing the...
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Herald Salutes – Mariko Miho

Mariko Miho was recently named vice president of advancement for PBS Hawai‘i. In this key fundraising position, Miho will be responsible for building a blended-gifts program and coordinating a multimedia giving campaign for the statewide not-for-profit public television station. Prior to accepting the PBS Hawai‘i position, Miho served for more than 20 years as a....

Ed Hawkins Receives Imperial Decoration

ED HAWKINS RECEIVES IMPERIAL DECORATION Edwin P. Hawkins Jr., who retired recently as president of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation and the Ehime Maru Memorial Association, received the Order...

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